Project properties

Title Can logged tropical forests be good for climate? Estimating
the effect of selective logging on forest carbon worldwide
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 33-39
Supervisor(s) FEM group: Pieter Zuidema
External: Federico Alice Guier, National University of Costa
Rica
Examiner(s) FEM staff member
Contact info pieter.zuidema@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/05/01
End date
Description MSc thesis
Exploitation and use of tropical timber from natural forests
may lead to net carbon sequestration in forest and products,
and thus contribute to climate change mitigation. Within this
product chain from forest to consumer to waste, substantial
amounts of carbon can be lost if forests do not recover after
logging; and substantial amounts of carbon can be gained if
products are used for a long time.
Yet, it is unclear which practices of logging (intensity, cycle
length, reduced impact logging techniques) and what type
of forests offer better opportunities for complete recovery of
lost forest carbon. Information will be used from a number of
sources: global databases on timber volumes exported,
areas of forest under management, and studies on forest
damage and recovery. This information will be combined
with a simple simulation model to estimate the effect of
selective logging on carbon stocks in managed tropical
forests worldwide.

Corona proof: i.e.no field work (abroad) or intensive lab studies required

Climate change effects / Population and forest dynamics/ Sustainable forest management/ worldwide/ Tropical zone/ Desk study
Used skills Statistical skills, image analysis
Requirements Recommended:
FEM-30806 Resource Dynamice and Sustainable Utilization
FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management and
REG-31806 Ecological Methods I